Forest Service wants photographers pay $1500

It Look like The U.S. Forest Service’s motto “Caring for the land and serving people” changes to “Caring for the Money and benefiting from people”. Forest Service wants photographers to pay for a $1,500 permit if they plan to shoot images on Federally-owned wilderness areas. Permits would be required even if you’re shooting a smartphone.

Permits cost up to $1,500, says Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers, and reporters who don’t get a permit could face fines up to $1,000. May be the numbers look reasonable for a high end fashion shooting or similar but what about regular fellow photographers? And even if you pay for the permit, your wilderness photo have to be approved by the U.S.F.S., andyou have to meet specific criterias, like being educational.

Also The U.S. Forest Service has tightened restrictions on media coverage in vast swaths of the country’s wild lands, requiring reporters to pay for a permit and get permission before shooting a photo or video in federally designated wilderness areas. The rules allow exceptions only for breaking news coverage of events like fires and rescues. They’re more stringent than similar policies on wilderness areas managed by a different federal agency, the Bureau of Land Management.

If you want to sound off about this controversial plan, the Forest Service is accepting public comment until November 3rd.